These cucumber noodles have been on my list of recipes I want to create for my blog since I started The Garlic Diaries back in September! They have been on my mind for a while now – the idea of cucumber “noodles” just sounded so light and refreshing to me. Not to mention healthy. And pretty. And crunchy…
In hindsight, I’m glad I waited so long to actually make these because now the weather is perfect for this crisp, bright side dish!
These “noodles” are so crisp and fresh. They are the perfect side for any meal! And if you want to use a different dressing to better fit the rest of your dinner, you can use anything that sounds good to you :).
I really love this light Asian dressing with them though – the salty bite from the soy sauce, bright tang from the rice vinegar, slight sweetness from the honey – everything pairs so well with the cucumber noodles.
They were tested and approved by my taste testing team – Seth and Boone. Boone was slightly confused while eating them but later decided he enjoyed it and came back for seconds.
These next several weeks are going to be crazy for Seth and I! He just finished Tank Commanders Course, and that was our final obstacle to complete before we make the move to Ft. Riley. So he starts clearing next week and then we move in the beginning of June! We have to actually be in Kansas by June 10th, which is when our house will be available.
Speaking of the house…we are living on base but don’t have much information on what our house looks like. We know it’s a Townhouse, and there is an image of the floor plan online, but apart from that there aren’t any pictures of the inside, descriptions, or anything like that. No idea if it’s carpet or hardwood, if there are a lot of windows, what the kitchen looks like (fingers crossed big time on that one!), etc…
It’s actually pretty exciting, though! It will definitely be an adventure.
So this week is my last week at work, and then I will start packing up the apartment!
We only got to Georgia 9 months ago, but I feel like it has been such a huge part of our lives already. It’s really where it all started for us since we moved here shortly after we got married. Not to mention the amazing friendships we have made while we’ve been here. Say what you will about military life, but the relationships you build with others sharing the same lifestyle is unbeatable! Georgia will always hold a special place in our hearts for sure.
It will be nice to get to Kansas, though and actually be able to settle down since we know we’ll be living there for a few years.
Aaaanyway, back to the recipe.
The crisp, refreshing, perfect-for-spring “noodles.”
You should really try them out!
- 2 hothouse cucumbers
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 4 teaspoons gluten free soy sauce (or regular if you aren't gluten free)
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- ⅛ teaspoon sriracha
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional - omit if vegan)
- Peel the hothouse cucumbers partially so there are still strips of skin remaining unpeeled
- Slice the cucumbers in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon
- Using a mandoline or any other julienne tool, julienne both cucumbers and place the "noodles" in a bowl
- I cut my cucumbers in half so they weren't as long and it was easier to use the mandoline
- In a bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the cucumber noodles to taste
- Serve immediately
- *If you have a spiralizer, you can try to use it for the noodles, but I tried mine and didn't have nearly as much success as I did with my mandolin.*
*Gluten free and vegan*
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